This month for the Lars Book Club we have been reading The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society. I am loving it! Our illustrator feature Emma Block created the lovely book art inspired by this book. It will have you longing for a cozy night in. Perfect for these cold, dark winter months! Emma is a British illustrator whose work we have admired for years. She graciously let us peek into her workspace as she gave us some insights into her career and how she got there. If you haven’t checked out her Instagram page, you’re in for an inspiring treat!
A few weeks ago we were able to attend a super fun Holiday event held by Mixbook. Mixbook creates amazing personalized photo products including beautiful books and cards. Trust me when I say they went above and beyond on the holiday decor at this event! We’re taking a team of unicorn balloons leading Santa’s sleigh! It was such a fun time and the cherry on top was seeing our new Holiday Activity book in action! We designed an interactive workbook for kids and adults alike to fill up with all the holiday cheer! It consists of ugly sweater and ornament coloring pages, a holiday bucket list, a spot for photos, a page to write your favorite holiday recipe card, and more! Take a peek at the book and be sure to pick up a few copies for you and all the littles in your life!
Not a creature was stirring, not even a….MOUSE! Tis the season for an adorable mouse dressed in florals to sit atop your technology all in the name of the HOLIDAYS! Set this adorable critter as your desktop calendar/wallpaper or for your phone and let the spirit of the season take over, much like the mouse infestation that’s currently our work studio. Enjoy!
Readers!! How have you liked The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society? So many of you said you’d read it, and would read it again! Have you read the book and seen the movie (and which did you like better)? This book truly strikes a chord with so many of us, whether we relate to the book’s themes of loss, love, or uniting with others in the face of something dark and terrible. Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows included some superb questions in the back of their book (really, they’ve touched on everything!), but here are some others we’d like to ask you! Please feel free to share your thoughts on Instagram @larsbookclub! This month’s fantastic artwork was illustrated by Emma Block and will have you dreaming of a cozy night in!
1. How did the book’s format of letters and telegrams influence the story? Did you enjoy it? Why or why not?
2. The book was filled with fabulous characters. Which one did you relate to the most? How were Dawsey and Markham V. Reynolds different, and what kind of influence did they have on Juliet?
3. How has a book or book club helped you make lasting personal connections? Do you think books really can find their way to you at just the time you need it?
Since the Thanksgiving sales are a perfect time to gather gifts (for others and yourself), we put together a little shopping guide to help you prepare. Since some of those larger interiors pieces sometimes take a little more thought and planning, we wanted to give you as much of a preview of as many sales as we could from our favorite brands. And we had to include some favorite finds in the fashion and gift categories too! (Stay tuned to stories as we will continue previewing sales throughout the week–our own, our partners, and our favorites!)